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The Acolyte: Leslye Headland on the High Republic and Other Influences Behind the Series

Discussion in 'SWNN News Feed' started by SWNN Probe, May 24, 2022.

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    There arguably isn't a known Star Wars production more mysterious than The Acolyte. We know the basics. It takes place at the end of the High Republic era about 100 years before The Phantom Menace and will dive into how the dark side infiltrated the Republic. In a new conversation with Vanity Fair, Kathleen Kennedy and showrunner Leslye Headland now reveal the inspiration behind the show found inside the Star Wars galaxy and in ours.



    The Acolyte is part of Lucasfilm's next phase in fleshing out the time period before the Skywalker saga. For those unfamiliar with the High Republic, it is kind of a time of prosperity for the galaxy. So, while considering the look of the show, Headland went back to something a lot of fans have brought up about the movies:


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    While we don't know exactly how the publishing side of the High Republic will line up with The Acolyte, Headland gets to play in a time much closer to the movies. She touched on how the already established aesthetic will tie into her show:



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    It's been emphasized over and over again how important the dark side is for The Acolyte. Headland has yet to explain what it will look like, but Kathleen Kennedy brought up what else we could see in the series. Apparently, Headland is a major Expanded Universe fan and is bringing in some flavor from old Legends stories.



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    Another element about the pitch that was brought up ties into Lucasfilm's supposed plan to move away from the Skywalker Saga. Headland says the show was entirely her brainchild, touching on how she approached Kennedy with the idea:


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    Coincidentally, it was an easy yes as plans were already in motion to launch the High Republic. Headland went on to say how much of a relief it was to be able to tell a story outside of the established movies:



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    It's well known that a lot of Star Wars is inspired by old Westerns and samurai films. Headland continues that tradition with The Acolyte, speaking about what she specifically looked at:



    For the whole conversation, head on over to Vanity Fair. The Acolyte is still in pre-production with filming reportedly set to start later this year. On the casting side of the process, Amandla Stenberg is already attached as the series lead, although no official announcement has been made. With Star Wars Celebration just around the corner, there is a good chance we'll learn some more details about the highly-anticipated show.



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    Oh, man! This gonna be intense! :cool:
     
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    This casting news is encouraging. For those folks who don't recognize the name Amandla Stenberg, she was the young actress who played Rue back in the original Hunger Games movie. She's in her early 20s now and a great actress.
     
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    I won't get excited till I see the first trailer... but it sounds interesting to say the least.
     
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    The "high AF when we wrote this" Republic.
     
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    The main story arc for phase 1 of the High Republic is kind of sad because you can kind of understand what starts leading the Jedi down this road. It's a bit of a tragedy. I really love what Lucasfilm is doing here. They're doing an excellent job of world/history building with this era. The Acolyte falls kind of in the middle of the High Republic/Prequels so that allows this project a lot of freedom without having to service characters. Really, Yoda is the only Jedi who could be around, but he doesn't have to be a part of this project if it's focus is on the dark side/Republic politics.
     
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